Rafa Benitez

  • Benitez demands Napoli to improve defence 14-04-2014 12:36 PM

    Rome: Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez urged his side to improve their defence following their 4-2 win over 10-man Lazio at home in Italian football league Serie A. Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Serie A hat-trick in a thriller where Lazio, though reduced to 10 three minutes after the break,...
  • Top spot up for grab in Serie A as Roma host Napoli 18-10-2013 09:10 AM

    Rome: It's one vs two in Serie A on Friday when Roma attempt to extend their seven-match winning streak against a Napoli squad that's only blemish is one draw. The match at the Stadio Olimpico was moved up a day to avoid clashing with a planned protest against a high-speed...
  • I want to coach Napoli after Benitez, saya Maradona 17-10-2013 10:27 PM

    Milan: Diego Maradona would like to coach his former club Napoli. The Argentina great was in Milan on Thursday to promote a video series on his life with the Gazzetta dello Sport. He says "when (Rafa) Benitez leaves I would like to coach Napoli." Maradona led Napoli to its only...
  • Wenger is the best manager in England, says Benitez 01-10-2013 03:09 PM

    London: Arsene Wenger is the best coach in the Premier League, according to Rafa Benitez ahead of his Napoli side's Champions League clash with Arsenal later on Tuesday. Arsenal's long trophy drought is well documented but the Gunners have begun the new season in scintillating fashion and lead the Premier...
  • Rafael Benitez not shocked by Napoli's draw with Sassuolo 26-09-2013 01:42 PM

    Rome: Napoli manager Rafa Benitez said he was not shocked by his side's 1-1 draw with Sassuolo at home as the visitors played well. It was a match between Italian Serie A leaders and a team without a single point, and Napoli Wednesday shockingly failed to beat Sassuolo who lost...
  • Napoli impress in Rafa Benitez's debut with 3-0 win 26-08-2013 08:19 AM

    Rome: Last season's runner-up Napoli impressed in Rafa Benitez's debut on Sunday, comfortably beating Bologna 3-0 in their Serie A opener and immediately stating their intent to challenge two-time defending champion Juventus. After former Real Madrid forward Jose Maria Callejon put Napoli ahead in the 32nd, Marek Hamsik added goals...
  • Benitez's Chelsea stint ends with a 5-3 loss to City 26-05-2013 09:41 AM

    New York: After the final whistle of his 50th and final game with Chelsea, Rafa Benitez walked toward the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium, raised his left hand in a small acknowledgement to someone in the crowd and disappeared into the tunnel. "A lot of fans, they were supporting in...
  • Chelsea eye Spurs win for Champions League spot 07-05-2013 11:37 AM

    England: Rafa Benitez can virtually wrap up part one of his mission at Chelsea by guiding the team to the cusp of the Champions League with a win over top-four rival Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday. The Spaniard is still unloved at Stamford Bridge but even the most...
  • Unloved Rafa Benitez focused on Basel, not Mourinho 01-05-2013 11:10 PM

    London: Continued speculation that Jose Mourinho is set to return to Chelsea "where people love me" cut little ice with interim manager Rafa Benitez who remains focused on guiding the London side to the Europa League final. Chelsea host FC Basel on Thursday holding a 2-1 lead from their semi-final...
  • Benitez to continue rotating for Chelsea fixture frenzy 17-04-2013 12:17 AM

    London: Rafa Benitez will continue to rotate his Chelsea players as they bid to deal with a fixture pile-up and rebound from two consecutive defeats, the club's interim manager said on Tuesday. The Spaniard left out senior players John Terry and Frank Lampard for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat by...
  • Runaway leaders United eye another easy outing 29-03-2013 09:23 AM

    London: With a 20th league title virtually in the bag and no more European distractions, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is challenging his side to push for a Premier League points record. United visit Sunderland on Saturday (1245) when victory would open up an 18-point lead, at least until second-placed...
  • Benitez spared abuse as Chelsea win 1-0 02-03-2013 10:35 PM

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  • Chelsea look to extend winning run 29-12-2012 08:31 AM

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  • John Terry still sidelined by knee injury 21-12-2012 08:57 PM

    London: Chelsea captain John Terry is doubtful for the club's busy holiday schedule after being ruled out of the Premier League trip to Aston Villa on Sunday. Terry injured his knee against Liverpool last month in his first game back after serving a four-game ban and is still to feature...
  • Chelsea visit Leeds after Club World Cup loss 18-12-2012 09:16 AM

    London: Having flown halfway around the world only to return home tired and trophyless from the Club World Cup in Japan, Chelsea's weary band of jet-setters are unlikely to be savouring a League Cup visit to Leeds United on Wednesday. A trip to Elland Road and Leeds was once an...
  • West Ham stun Chelsea 3-1 at home 01-12-2012 08:35 PM

    London: Rafa Benitez's winless start as Chelsea manager worsened on Saturday as West Ham came from behind to beat their London rival 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday. Juan Mata put Chelsea ahead in a fluent first-half performance, but the European champions collapsed after former striker Carlton Cole equalized...
  • Lampard and Cole to leave Chelsea, says Benitez 24-11-2012 07:49 AM

    London: Chelsea's interim manager Rafa Benitez has said he expects the club's long-serving England players Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, British media reported on Saturday. Asked if it was the end of a glorious era for the pair who will...
  • Benitez wants to prove point through Chelsea job 23-11-2012 09:39 AM

    London: Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez said the challenge of trying to win five trophies this season was too great an opportunity to turn down as he returned to the Premier League on Thursday. The 52-year-old Spaniard, who left Liverpool at the end of the 2009-10 season and has replaced...
  • Rafa Benitez appointed as the new Chelsea manager 22-11-2012 01:27 AM

    London: Chelsea have hired Rafa Benitez as interim manager until the end of the season, only hours after firing Roberto Di Matteo following the club's dip in form in the Premier League and Champions League title defense. The 52-year-old Benitez becomes the ninth manager under Chelsea's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich,...
  • Keane likely to miss Chelsea match 26-10-2008 12:56 AM

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